Antique locket

After a quick and freezing visit to the flee market yesterday, this is my favorite find. An antique gold plated silver locket. The enamel is damaged and I think it should have had a glass inside, protecting the photo, but I do like things that are not perfect.




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I have found these postcards from the seaside and the seashell spoon in a box in my room. I have bought them a few years ago and forgot about them. The postcards are from the sixties to the eighties and one of them is not from the flea market, it was sent by me to my grandmother from my trip to the seaside in the mid eighties. The socialist hotels looked to me then as beautiful and serene as they seem in these postcards.

The mother of pearl pendant and the big square button are recent flea market finds.



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We went to a junk store on Sunday, to look for some frames for a project we are working on. We didn’t find the kind of frames we need, but we came home with a few other stuff. Cheap and nice pots for the house plants (my friend wants to replace the plastic ones), two scissors for my collection, a cool game that I’ll show in a different post (when we’ll have a sunnier day, now it is very dark), some plastic animals, etc. My favorite finds are these, though. They look like some kitsch tourist “folklore” needle cases from Bulgaria, but when opening one of them, we saw they contain perfume vials. This is the most nostalgic smell, the scent of Bulgarian rose perfume, something so appreciated by our mothers in the eighties. I used to absolutely love as a kid this intense, artificial smelling rose perfume. And I still love it :). Both vials are  full and the smell is still very strong.


Another find I really like is this child hanger, from the forties or fifties. I’ll use it to display some of my bags.


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Pinhole on very expired film

I had an Agfa 100 test roll (with 10 exposures) that expired in 1992. I knew I wanted to use it for pinhole photos, but I didn’t have much hopes about it. I used it in a pinhole camera we made a few years ago using a plastic point and shoot. It’s very convenient to use the transport mechanism of the camera. The images I got on the old film are not very spectacular, but I was glad to get anything at all. Now, I have a fresh film in the camera, a Fuji 200, I’m curious about the results. I plan on more self-portraits this time.

This is the camera:DSCN0985.JPG

And these are the photos:


45 minutes exposure (the room was very dark).


100 seconds exposure


30 minutes.


100 seconds.


25 minutes.


40 minutes.


10 seconds.

It would have been better probably to have longer exposure times, but I thought I will burn the film. But anyway, the most exciting and liberating thing about pinhole photography is the complete lack of control. Just letting chance and your intuition work and hope for the best…


Aurora Borealis

My friend visited the flea market on Sunday and this is what she found for me:

An Aurora Borealis glass beads necklace from the sixties. It has a nice 835 silver and marcasite clasp. I used to be fascinated as a child with Aurora Borealis rhinestones and I still like them a lot. This necklace is so nice out in the sun, it really sparkles in rainbow colors.





Also, she found an old silver coated brass brooch, a 835 silver lady bug pendant (I think it’s from  the forties, but I’m not sure)and the tiniest silver heart charm.





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The easiest meal

I cooked this last week and it was so fast and really delicious.

I stir fried 3 larger cilantro roots, one medium sized leek and one apple (everything sliced) with a bit of oil, a table spoon of miso and a little salt. Meanwhile I cooked the pasta (store bought but vegan) and I fried some lightly salted tofu. I mixed everything in the wok. Maybe not the healthiest thing, but really tasty.



How did we eat the forest mushrooms

I didn’t take photos of all the meals we had using the mushrooms we have found in the forest, but still I want to write down what dishes we made and also post the few and kind of blurry photos I do have.

First, these were the eatable mushrooms we brought home with us:

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The round white one, Calvatia gigantea (Giant puffball) is really delicious. We cooked it with some garlic in a bit of oil and it has a great taste and texture.


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We ate it and some of the other mushrooms together with a friend who visited us. We fried the different types of mushrooms separatelu, so we can sample the different tasted. Also, we stir fried some of them with kale leaves and onion and we had the common champignons cooked with some onion and garlic in a bit of oil. We have eaten all of them with vegan meshed potatoes and tabbouleh salad.

The most interesting one on the plate was this Hericium coralloides (coral fungus). We read it is kind of rare so we were really proud to find it. This is how it looked in the forest:



These, the wood year mushrooms (Auricularia auricula-judae) looked like this before we picked them:


We used them in a miso soup (that I forgot to photograph) with onions, carrots, cilantro roots and fresh cilantro with glass noodles.